ONTARIO, California – Hugo Centeno Jr. took Juan Montiel’s hardest shots Saturday night.
The veteran middleweight absorbed a lot of them, actually, yet still secured a draw in their 10-round fight on the Tony Harrison-Jermell Charlo undercard at Toyota Arena. Judge Tim Cheatham scored the fight 97-93 for Centeno, but David Sutherland had it 96-94 for Montiel and Lou Moret scored the action even (95-95).
Centeno (27-3-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC), of Oxnard, California, lost two of his previous three fights, including a second-round knockout defeat to Jermall Charlo in an April 2018 bout for the WBC’s interim middleweight title. Mexico’s Montiel (21-4-2, 21 KOs) had hoped a victory over Centeno would help continue building him back up following a second-round knockout defeat to former WBO junior middleweight champ Jaime Munguia in February 2017.
Montiel tried his best to finish off a retreating Centeno in the final two rounds, but Centeno finished the fight on his feet. He unloaded several power shots on Centeno just before the final bell sounded.
Centeno opened a cut over Montiel’s right eye in the middle minute of the eighth round. Centeno couldn’t hurt Montiel otherwise, though, and couldn’t keep him from coming forward.
Montiel landed hard shots on Centeno in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. His pressure kept Centeno on his back foot for most of those three rounds.
Centeno kept shaking his head to show Montiel wasn’t hurting him, but he wasn’t landing many punches in those three rounds.
Centeno came back from a rough second round to land lefts and rights on Montiel while switching back and forth from an orthodox stance to southpaw.
Centeno began the second round fighting out of a southpaw stance. He caught Montiel with a straight left about 50 seconds into that round.
Montiel nailed Centeno with a right hand when there were about 40 seconds to go in the second. A left hook by Montiel wobbled Centeno and made him hold several seconds later.
Centeno moved his way to the end of the second round.
In the bout before FS1 aired Centeno and Montiel settled for a draw, Russian middleweight prospect Petr Khamukov stopped Maceo Crowder after two rounds that weren’t remotely competitive.
Khamukov knocked down Crowder with a right hand late in the first round. Crowder got up and made it until the end of those opening three minutes.
Khamukov continued landing hard shots in the second round. Late in the second round, Crowder pawed at his right eye, which he opened and closed to indicate he was having trouble seeing out of it.
Once he went back to his corner, Crowder’s issue with his right eye kept him from continuing in their scheduled six-rounder.
Khamukov improved to 5-0 and recorded his second knockout. Crowder (2-4, 1 KO), of Roxbury, Massachusetts, lost inside the distance for the first time in six professional fights.
Raymond Guajardo couldn’t help but admire his work on the big screen at Toyota Arena.
The 19-year-old junior middleweight prospect had good reason to take an appreciative glance at his vicious knockout of Donnis Reed. The strong southpaw brutally knocked out Reed with a right-left combination that left Reed face down on the canvas in the first round, unable to continue in their scheduled four-round middleweight match.
Referee Rudy Barragan strangely began counting as Reed lay motionless on the canvas. Barragan eventually realized Reed was in no condition to continue and waved an end to their bout 1:40 into it.
San Antonio’s Guajardo upped his recorded to 5-0 and recorded his fourth knockout.
Reed (3-5, 2 KOs), of Lemon Grove, California, was removed from the ring on a stretcher. Medical personnel applied a neck brace before placing Reed on the stretcher, but he was conscious and talking to people around him as he was carried from the arena.
Reed gained confidence after landing a couple punches on Guajardo, but Guajardo changed the fight by landing a straight left hand that moved Reed backward. Guajardo followed him to the other side of the ring and landed the crushing combination that ended the fight shortly thereafter.
FS1 televised Guajardo’s spectacular knockout as the opener of a three-bout broadcast. The action is scheduled to shift to FOX for three more fights, including the Harrison-Charlo rematch for Harrison’s WBC super welterweight title, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.